Marvel-lous Renaissance at Glasgow Film Festival
Excuse the pun in the title, I genuinely couldn’t help myself….it’s like a disease!
Another cold night in Glasgow and another film from Glasgow Film Festival. This time the location was not a secret and after a bite to eat, we headed to the CCA on Sauchiehall Street. Not our usual haunt I must admit (I’m a bit intimated by the cool kids) but it was hosting the international premiere of ‘The Road to Civil War: Marvel Renaissance‘, which I was really looking forward to.
We joined the queue for the sold out screening and were soon sitting in the very back row, slap bang in the centre – perfect! As people filtered in around us, two guys sat to the left of me. Obviously having had a wee beverage beforehand the one nearest me turned. grinned at me and exclaimed ‘Let’s get our FLIPPING geek on’ (this may be slightly edited as my Dad reads this blog). That’s how excited people are about all things Marvel!
Professional geek Mark Millar (creator of Kick Ass/Secret Service/Jupiters Legacy and writer for various Marvel titles) introduced the film. He did point out that it was a French film (at which point I could feel Husband looking at me thinking ‘what have you gotten me into’) and told us there would be a Q&A afterwards.
And the verdict? A thoroughly interesting documentary. Don’t go in expecting a history of Marvel characters or an insight into the creative process behind the comics. This is very much a story of a company that was bought and sold by those looking for one thing – money. While the creators just wanted to tell interesting stories, this battle of the titans was going on above their heads as controlling shares were purchased and business decisions were made. As someone who has worked in the creative industries, I found the age-old struggle of creative versus ‘the suits’ really interesting.
The Q&A afterwards was hosted by Mark Millar and the relaxed atmosphere between him and the two French co-directors/writers Phillippe Guedj and Phillippe Roure made for a very open conversation. They had initially approached Disney and asked for their help to access the people they wanted to interview. Disney had originally been enthusiastic about the idea but then wanted nothing to do with it. It felt like a bit of a David and Goliath situation which made the documentary feel even more….I don’t know, plucky? And apart from the wonderfully melodic French voiceover (for which there are subtitles) you almost wouldn’t know it was a French film as all the talking heads are in English.
It was a great night and while there are no immediate plans for distribution, if you see the documentary advertised at another film festival you should definitely try and get tickets.
Overall it was another winner from Glasgow Film Festival!